For Immediate Release
Convicted Felon Sentenced to 10 Years on Gun Charge
Jackson, TN – Tommarion Latrez Williams, 28, has been sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for being a felon-in-possession of a firearm. Kevin G. Ritz, United States Attorney, announced the sentence today.
According to the information presented in court, on February 11, 2020, at approximately 10:45 p.m., officers with the Bolivar Police Department were dispatched to a disturbing the peace call at E. Margin St. in Bolivar. After responding to the scene, one of the officers knocked on the front door while another officer walked to the back of the residence. The officer that went to the rear of the home heard people talking inside the residence and they appeared to be arguing.
That officer then stepped off the porch and began walking toward the north side of the residence to speak with his fellow officers about what he had observed, when he heard someone open the back door. The officer pointed his Taser in that direction and observed a man, later identified as the defendant, Tommarion Latrez Williams, walk through the back door onto the porch with a gun aimed at him. The officer determined that it was too late to draw his firearm, so he deployed his Taser at Williams, and Williams fired his gun directly at the officer. Fortunately, Williams did not hit the officer with his fired round.
Officers were soon able to subdue Williams and placed him in custody. Williams' firearm was located next to a tree in the backyard. The gun, a Taurus Model PT-111 Millenium Pro, 9mm pistol, was reported stolen during an automobile burglary in Bolivar on August 16, 2016.
A check of Williams' criminal history revealed that he is a convicted felon. On May 8, 2013, Williams was previously convicted of aggravated burglary in Madison County, Tennessee, and he was convicted of the same offense in Hardeman County, Tennessee, on May 24, 2017. As a result of his prior felony convictions, Williams is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.
An ATF agent conducted an analysis of Williams' firearm and determined that it was manufactured outside the state of Tennessee.
On April 7, 2022, Williams pled guilty to being a convicted felon-in-possession of a firearm in violation of federal law.
On October 19, 2022, United States District Judge J. Daniel Breen sentenced Williams to 120 months' imprisonment -- the highest sentence allowed by law for this offense -- to be followed by three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
This case was investigated by the Bolivar Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Assistant United States Attorney Josh Morrow prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.